Wednesday 21 April 1915 – We Lost 271

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Alexander Findlater Todd

Alexander Findlater Todd

Fighting for Hill 60 continues.

During the night a German column of ten Europeans, 100 mounted men, and 200 infantry make a sortie from Garva and passing south of Brigadier General Cunliffe’s troops, is reinforced by a detachment that march up from Ngaundere.

Lieutenant Commander Charles Lester Kerr (Royal Navy) is in command of a picket boat which reconnoiters the position of the Austrian monitors on the Danube on this and the following night. His picket boat torpedoes one of the monitors under very heavy fire the enterprise being boldly and skillfully conducted.

Mr. Lloyd George delivers a speech on the capacity of the country for producing munitions.

Today’s losses include:

  • An England and Great Britain International Rugby football player
  • An England International football player
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • An Olympic rower
  • The nephew of an Admiral
  • Multiple families that will two sons

Today’s highlighted casualties are

  •  Captain Alexander Findlater Todd (Norfolk Regiment) dies of wounds received on Hill 60 at age 41. He played rugby for England versus South Africa in 1896 and Great Britain twice in 1900.  He was also a veteran of the South Africa War.
  • Second Lieutenant Dudley Leycester Summerhayes (London Regiment) is killed at age 26. He is the son of Thomas Charles Summerhayes JP.
  • Second Lieutenant Wilifred Allen Davis (East Surrey Regiment), a rower for Oxford versus Cambridge who also competed in the Olympics, is killed in action at age 21.
  • Corporal Evan Stuart Cameron (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Edward J Cameron and nephew of Admiral Freemantle.
  • Lance Corporal James Pugsley (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
  • Lance Corporal George Edward Griffin (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed last September.
  • Private Frederick James Sharp (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
  • Private Frank Barber (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His younger brother was killed two months earlier.
  • Rifleman Horace Brian Brooker (London Regiment) is killed at age 25. He is a footballer who capped for England in 1909.